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Title

Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims

1810

Artist

William Blake

England

1757 – 1827

  • Details

    Date
    1810
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving
    Edition
    v of 5 states
    Dimensions
    35.5 x 95.4 cm (platemark)
    Credit
    Purchased 1949
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    8521
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    William Blake

    Works in the collection

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    Although he worked as a reproductive engraver in his youth Blake was committed to the idea that engraving should not merely be regarded as a second rate medium serving only a reproductive role. He modelled his approach on the example of Dürer and the early northern engravers and deliberately attempted to emulate the hard linear qualities and archaic stiffness he saw in their work. The image shows Chaucer and the 29 pilgrims of ‘The Canterbury Tales’ in procession, riding out from the Tabard Inn in Southwark at the beginning of their journey to Canterbury.

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